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  • UKRAINE: Ukraine President Poroshenkoasks in D.C. asks U.S. Congress for aid [U.S. media blackout?]

    Ukrainian President Poroshenko appealed for more U.S. assistance, including arms, in a warmly received appearance before the U.S. Congress on Thursday. "Please understand me correctly. Blankets, night-vision goggles are also important. But one cannot win the war with blankets." He added: "Even more, we cannot keep the peace with a blanket." Drawing cheers from members who want to arm the former Soviet state, Poroshenko declared his forces "need more military equipment, both lethal and non-lethal -- urgently need." Given the honor of a speech to the joint houses of Congress reflecting U.S. support for his country's fight against Russian-backed separatists,...
  • Putin 'privately threatened to invade Poland, Romania and the Baltic states'

    09/18/2014 11:39:08 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 34 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | September 18, 2014 | Justin Huggler
    President Vladimir Putin privately threatened to invade Poland, Romania and the Baltic states, according to a record of a conversation with his Ukrainian counterpart. "If I wanted, in two days I could have Russian troops not only in Kiev, but also in Riga, Vilnius, Tallinn, Warsaw and Bucharest," Mr Putin allegedly told President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine, reported Süddeustche Zeitung, a German newspaper. If true, this would be the first time that Mr Putin has threatened to invade Nato or EU members. Any threat to send Russian troops into the capitals of Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Poland and Romania would cause...
  • NATO to fast-track rapid-reaction force

    09/18/2014 10:15:26 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 18, 2014 12:23 PM EDT | David Rising
    NATO’s new rapid-reaction “spearhead” force, meant as a deterrent to Russian aggression, should be up and running with initial capabilities in less than a year, a top alliance official said Thursday. The creation of a 4,000 to 5,000 troop response force, which will be able to respond to a crisis in eastern Europe within two to three days, was a key decision taken by NATO leaders earlier this month in Wales. The force represents a calculation by NATO that Russian President Vladimir Putin won’t risk going head-to-head with the Western alliance. …
  • Poland Plans Gas Hub to Kill Reliance on Russian Energy

    09/18/2014 8:27:38 AM PDT · by Blackyce · 17 replies
    Moscow Times ^ | 09/08/2014 | Reuters
    Poland Plans Gas Hub to Kill Reliance on Russian Energy ReutersSep. 18 2014 14:41 Last edited 14:41 Poland is taking steps towards creating a gas trading and transit hub in Central and Eastern Europe aimed at accomplishing what much of the region has failed to do: shake off almost complete reliance on Russian gas imports. Poland will open a liquefied natural gas terminal in 2015 and build new pipelines — including a planned north-south corridor stretching to Croatia — to help ease the grip of Russia's Gazprom over former Soviet bloc nations. Central Europe's biggest economy, which also intends to upgrade gas links to Lithuania to allow the re-export of gas to the Baltics, has said it plans to build 2,000 kilometers of pipelines criss-crossing the country...
  • BBC reporters 'badly beaten' in southern Russia

    A team of BBC journalists was beaten and their camera smashed in southern Russia, where they were looking into reports of Russian soldiers killed while on secret deployments near Ukraine, the broadcaster said Thursday. The three reporters were working in the southern city of Astrakhan when they were "assaulted by unidentified men in a coordinated attack," the BBC said in a statement. "Our staff were badly beaten, their camera destroyed and then taken," the statement said. BBC spokesman James Hardy added separately: "All are OK."
  • $30 Million Bounty Offered for MH17 Attackers as Ukraine Turmoil Continues

    09/18/2014 12:07:32 AM PDT · by free_life · 21 replies
    Vicenews ^ | Sept 17, 2014 | Olivia Crellin
    A German company is offering a $30 million bounty for the identities of the individuals responsible for downing Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine this summer. Pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine are suspected of firing surface-to-air missiles at the civilian aircraft, which crashed July 17 while flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, killing all 298 people on board. A preliminary report carried out by Dutch investigators said that the crash was the result of structural damage caused by a large number of high-energy objects that struck the Boeing plane from the outside. Wifka, an independent German fraud investigation company, said...
  • Fatah Exposes Hamas’s Trafficking Network to Europe

    09/17/2014 12:31:35 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    INN ^ | 9/17/2014, 9:36 AM | Ari Yashar
    Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah faction has exposed that Hamas is running a human trafficking network, smuggling Gaza residents to Europe for $2,000 to $3,500 per person. The charges come following reports that dozens of Palestinian Arabs drowned last week after leaving Gaza for Egypt, where they boarded an ill-fated ship bound for Europe that never reached its goal, reports Kol Yisrael (Israel Radio). Apparently Hamas used its hundreds of smuggling tunnels into the Sinai Peninsula to funnel the would-be immigrants out of Gaza and into Egypt; while an Egyptian siege limited the usage of those smuggling tunnels,...
  • Factory gives fighter jet to head of Russian Orthodox Church

    09/17/2014 12:13:10 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 21 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sep 17, 2014 | Sep 17, 2014
    A Sukhoi SU-35 fighter aircraft participates in a flying display during the 50th Paris Air Show at the Le Bourget airport near Paris, June 23, 2013. CREDIT: REUTERS/PASCAL ROSSIGNOL (Reuters) - Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, was presented with an unlikely gift for a religious leader this week as he toured a factory in Russia's far-east - a single-seater fighter jet SU-35. Kirill was presented with the jet after giving workers at the civilian and military aircraft plant icons blessed by himself, the church said in a statement on its official website on Tuesday. The patriarch,...
  • Polish fears of Russia run high on war anniversary

    09/17/2014 3:29:19 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 17, 2014 4:37 AM EDT | Vanessa Gera
    It was an unexpected question from a woman hoping to sell me her Warsaw apartment: “Are you sure you want to buy now, when war could be coming?” Though she was half joking, her comment revealed an anxiety Poles express frequently these days—that Russian aggression in Ukraine could spread, upending this NATO and European Union member’s most peaceful and prosperous era in centuries. […] Anxieties hang in the air as Poland marks the 75th anniversary Wednesday of the Soviet invasion of Poland at the start of World War II, one of several Russian attacks on its neighbor over the past...
  • Russia: ‘Free Syrian Army No Longer Exists’; Rebels Are Coordinating With Terrorists

    09/17/2014 2:45:27 AM PDT · by markomalley · 60 replies
    CNS News ^ | 9/17/2014 | Patrick Goodenough
    Russia on Tuesday accused the West of ignoring its warnings about the growing terrorist threat in Syria, and claimed that the moderate rebel front – the one the Obama administration wants to arm as part of its anti-ISIS strategy – “no longer exists.”The remarks by Russia’s ambassador in Geneva Alexey Borodavkin came during a session of the U.N. Human Rights Council, which was discussing the most recent report by a U.N.-mandated independent commission of inquiry into the conflict.The report, released late last month and roughly covering the first half of this year, recorded atrocities by the Assad regime and by...
  • Russia is stealthily threatening America with nuclear war

    09/16/2014 7:20:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Week ^ | September 16, 2014 | Kyle Mizokami
    But it's not quite the projection of strength that it seems... Last week, two aircraft took off from an air base in western Russia, just east of the Russian city of Saratov. The aircraft, Tu-95 strategic bombers code-named Bear by NATO, flew northwest, skirting Iceland, Greenland, and Canada. Once beyond Canada, the two lumbering, propeller-driven bombers settled on a heading straight toward the United States. Their goal was a "launch box" off the coast of the U.S. from which, during wartime, they would fire nuclear-tipped cruise missiles towards American cities and military bases. The provocative flights were timed to a...
  • New 'Novorossiya' General Korsun Vows to Install Harsh Soviet-like System

    09/16/2014 5:37:53 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 32 replies
    The Interpreter ^ | 9/16/2014
    New 'Novorossiya' General Korsun Vows to Install Harsh Soviet-like System 23:31 (GMT) snip.. The new "United Army of Novorossiya" Gen. Korsun recently gave an interview to a local news site, news-portal.dn.ua from which we get a definite impression of a determined hardliner. snip Asked to be more specific on plans for the industrial rebirth of the Donbass, the general said exports would go to Russia. He said Novorossiya would be run as a socialist system. "Despite Western propaganda, there is nothing bad in socialism. Moreover, the most advertised Western countries are proud precisely of their social orientation. Sweden, Switzerland, and...
  • Opening Moscow's Bag of Political and Strategic Tricks

    09/16/2014 3:35:42 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans
    Jrnyquist.com ^ | 9 Sept 2014 | J.R. Nyquist
    Opening Moscow's Bag of Political and Strategic Tricks Commentary for 9 September 2014Political correctness was invented by Marxists to destroy Western society from inside…. And in Russia, there is no political correctness at all! The reason is that Marxists do not need to undermine the Russian society from the inside, because it is already Marxist. – Konstantin Preobrazhensky, “How the West Was Fooled by Vladimir Putin” In order to understand what is happening in Ukraine it's useful to consider Moscow's bag of political and strategic tricks. It is our failure to understand these tricks that causes us to misread Russian...
  • Stealth Is Dead! Long Live Stealth!

    09/16/2014 12:43:13 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 26 replies
    War is Boring ^ | 16 September 2014 | Joseph Trevithick
    Russian expert says fighter jets can’t hide forever—but that’s old news A Russian military expert has sounded a seemingly dire warning for the United States. Dr. Igor Sutyagin claims that stealthy fighter jets and bombers can’t stay hidden much longer as enemy radar technology improves. The U.S. military is betting hundreds of billions of dollars—in essence, its whole air-power investment—that detection-dodging stealth works … and will keep working for many decades to come. So if Sutyagin is absolutely right, America could be in big trouble. The roughly trillion dollars Washington has spent designing and building F-117s, B-2s, F-22s, F-35s and...
  • Moscow warns against panic as ruble plunges to historic lows

    09/16/2014 12:16:28 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 23 replies
    AFP ^ | September 16, 2014 | Anna Smolchenko
    Russian authorities told people not to panic on Tuesday as the battered ruble plunged to record lows, floored by tensions with the West over Ukraine, new sanctions and falling oil prices. The national currency fell to 38.82 rubles per dollar after weakening on Monday to below 38 against the dollar for the first time. It also broke through the symbolic level of 50 rubles per euro for the first time in several months. The ruble has slumped as investors fret about the impact of ever more stringent Western sanctions on the economy, which is already teetering on the verge of...
  • Russia's Energy Minister To Meet OPEC As Oil Price Falls More

    09/16/2014 6:59:39 AM PDT · by thackney · 10 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | September 15, 2014 | Reuters
    Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak will meet OPEC officials on Tuesday in Vienna, his spokeswoman said, as oil's price fall piled pressure on Moscow's budget. The annual meeting had been planned long before oil fell below the $100 per barrel level critical for Russia's oil sales which account for 40 percent of state budget revenues. Russia suffered from a decline of oil production and prices this year and has cut its outlook for oil output as core Western Siberian fields become more depleted. The spokeswoman said that Novak and the officials from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries had...
  • UKRAINE: Project "Cornflower" designed to share information collected by volunteers [heartbreaking]

    09/15/2014 2:06:55 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com
    Cornflower Project "Cornflower" designed to help relatives searching for members of the regular part of the Russian army and Russian mercenaries in combat against Ukraine. Information collected by volunteers from both open sources and directly from participants of military events in the area. [#Cornflower when someone says that there is no Russian troops in Ukraine, thousands of words instead of send it ...on the page of the site InformNapalm.org "cornflower". Originally we wanted to call this section "List Is" in honor of the Russian human rights activist Yelena Vasilyeva, but we were assured that such associations can be dangerous for...
  • Tortured in Ukraine: Christians Living a Nightmare

    09/15/2014 1:17:32 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 54 replies
    cbn.com ^ | September 15, 2014 | George Thomas
    EASTERN UKRAINE- Ukraine's evangelical Christians are bearing the brunt of the country's conflict, often with deadly consequences. It's a scene that has played in Elena Velichko's head over and over. Pro-Russian rebels took over her hometown in early April. Her husband Vladimir told her to take the kids and leave the city. "He took us to the train station and we said goodbye. He said, 'I love you.' He kissed me and kissed the children and left," Elena said. Several days later, her life and that of her eight children, ages 2 to 16, suddenly turned upside down. Surreal Reality...
  • Eastern Ukraine: The Neverending Crisis

    09/15/2014 12:56:37 PM PDT · by DTA · 38 replies
    The National Interest ^ | 2014-09-04 | Nicolai N. Petro
    Eastern Ukraine: The Neverending Crisis Nicolai N. Petro September 3, 2014 According to president Vladimir Putin, Russia’s objectives in Ukraine have been the same since the beginning of civil unrest there—a stable national government that represents and respects all of its people. Why then, has there been so little willingness to work together with Russia to end this crisis? The most obvious answer is Russia’s annexation of Crimea, which many Western governments have interpreted as a rejection of the post–Cold War status quo and a possible prelude to further territorial expansion. To be fair, however, Putin addressed both of these...
  • Russia Returns To Soviet-Era “Quality Mark” To Certify Goods

    09/15/2014 11:08:44 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 12 replies
    Itar Tass ^ | 09/15/2014 | Itar Tass
    MOSCOW, September 15 /ITAR-TASS/. Russia is returning to the Soviet-style system of marking the quality of domestic goods. The State Quality Mark of the USSR was the official Soviet mark for the certification of quality established in 1967. It was used to guarantee high commercial standards of consumer products and technical goods and was a stimulus for manufacturers to improve the quality of production. Obtaining the mark allowed Soviet enterprises to increase the state controlled price for their goods by ten percent. After the collapse of the USSR in 1991, the government introduced its own sign for certification of quality...
  • Iraq's First Mi-28 'Havoc' Attack Chopper Has Taken To The Air

    09/15/2014 4:05:55 AM PDT · by wetphoenix · 15 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | Tyler Rogoway
    Iraq's first Mi-28 Havoc 'Night Hunter' attack chopper has taken flight in Iraq. These are some of the most heavily armed and capable attack helicopters in the world. Three were delivered alongside four new Mi-35 'Hind' attack helicopters from Russia as part of an expedited order placed to help fight the spread of ISIS. The Mi-28NE is roughly analogous to the US Army's AH-64D Apache and is adapted to fight at night and in adverse weather conditions. The chopper is armed with a chin-mounted 30mm cannon and can carry up to 16 guided missiles as well as 40 unguided rockets...
  • Election Results Reflect Putin’s High Approval Rating — Political Analyst

    09/15/2014 3:52:00 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 2 replies
    Itar Tass ^ | 09/15/2014 | Itar Tass
    MOSCOW, September 15. /ITAR-TASS/. The results of Sunday’s regional election in Russia prove that the presidential approval rating in the country is high, the head of the Institute for Social, Economic and Political Studies said Monday. “The results of the election are a projection of the approval rating for the country’s president and the course that he has taken,” Dmitry Badovsky said at the Regions of Russia media forum. The outcome of the vote could have been forecast already in March when an opinion poll on Crimea’s reunification with Russia showed that over 90% of Russians across the country supported...
  • iraqi leader: no need for arab powers to strike is

    09/14/2014 5:45:52 PM PDT · by keat · 17 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | Sep 14, 6:59 PM EDT | Staff
    PARIS (AP) -- Iraq's president says Arab powers Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia do not need to join airstrikes against the Islamic State group. In an exclusive interview with The Associated Press, President Fouad Massoum also expressed regret that Iran was not invited to take part in the 26-nation conference in Paris on Monday to try to counter the Islamic extremists who control vast parts of Iraq and neighboring Syria. The conference of mostly Western and Arab world countries and the five permanent U.N. Security Council members aims to show a united front, especially from majority-Muslim nations....
  • Islamic State crisis: Kerry to lead talks in Paris

    09/14/2014 8:16:31 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    bbc.com ^ | 14 September 2014 Last updated at 21:59 ET
    US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet foreign ministers from around the world in Paris on Monday to discuss how to defeat Islamic State (IS) militants. French President Francois Hollande said the beheading of a British aid worker showed the world must act against IS. About 40 countries, including 10 Arab states, have signed up to a coalition to help fight IS in Iraq and Syria. Several Arab countries have offered to take part in air strikes on IS fighters in Iraq, US officials say. Mr Kerry says he is "extremely encouraged" by promises of military assistance to tackle...
  • White House Chief Of Staff Squirms When Asked If Any Nation Has Committed Ground Troops In Syria

    09/14/2014 10:14:23 AM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 9/14/14 | Al Weaver
    When asked by “Meet The Press” host Chuck Todd if any nation has committed to putting boots on the ground in Syria to combat ISIS, White House Chief Of Staff Denis McDonough said “we’re not looking at that now.” Todd shot back, “Wait a minute, why not?” “We’re trying to put together the specifics of what we expect from each of the members” said the White House flack, referring to the “broad coalition” President Obama referenced in his speech Wednesday night. McDonough tried to walk back his initial quote though. ‘”If you know you need combat troops on the ground,...
  • NATO countries have begun arms deliveries to Ukraine: defense minister

    09/14/2014 10:16:19 AM PDT · by McGruff · 38 replies
    REUTERS ^ | Sep 14, 2014
    Ukraine's defense minister said on Sunday that NATO countries were delivering weapons to his country to equip it to fight pro-Russian separatists and "stop" Russian President Vladimir Putin. Valery Heletey told a news conference he had discussed weapons deliveries in bilateral meetings with NATO defense ministers during a NATO summit in Wales on Sept. 4-5.
  • United Russia Winning Elections To Crimean Parliament - Exit Polls

    09/14/2014 10:11:33 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 25 replies
    Itar Tass ^ | 09/14/2014 | Itar Tass
    SIMFEROPOL, September 14. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia’s ruling party United Russia is winning elections to Crimea’s State Council, or legislature, according to exit poll results announced on Sunday after polling stations were closed. Thus, the results of the exit poll demonstrate that the United Russia is claiming 70.36% of the vote. Apart from the United Russia, two more parties - the Liberal Democratic Party (LDPR) and the Communist Party (CPRF) - are surmounting the five-percent barrier with 9.33 and 6.56% of the vote, respectively. Candidates from the rest nine political parties, according to the exit polls, are failing to win seats in...
  • Liberals press Pelosi, Obama for vote on Syrian air strikes

    09/14/2014 4:16:18 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 13 replies
    thehill.com ^ | September 14, 2014 | Mike Lillis
    A growing chorus of liberal Democrats is pushing President Obama to get Congress's explicit approval before launching missile strikes into Syria. The pressure from supporters on Capitol Hill is not only a headache for Obama, but also puts House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other top Democrats in the difficult position of bucking a broad segment of their own caucus in order to protect an ally in the White House. Scores of Democrats had signed letters a year ago advocating against military strikes targeting the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad without congressional backing. Thirteen months later the enemy...
  • Push Back against Putin’s Preposterous Policies

    09/14/2014 5:40:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 14, 2014 | Paul Dykewicz
    World and corporate leaders should look for alternative business partners to minimize the fallout from trade barriers that Russia’s President Vladimir Putin may erect against countries that impose trade sanctions against his nation in response to his ill-conceived plot to send Russian fighters into neighboring Ukraine.Former KGB agent Putin has proven that he cannot be trusted and his willingness to adopt foreign policies that are detrimental to the economic interests of his people are telling. Nor will his legacy as Russia’s leader escape damage in the wake of his support of armed gunman from his country who infiltrated Ukraine to...
  • ISIS sets fire to Iraq’s largest oil refinery

    09/13/2014 3:16:36 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 31 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 9-13-14 | Amy Miller
    <p>Islamic State militants have set fire to Iraq’s largest oil refinery, escalating tensions in the region and raising questions about how much control ISIS could potentially gain over the world’s oil supply.</p> <p>This isn’t the first time this particular refinery has been attacked; it’s a favorite target of ISIS militants. They have attacked the refinery in the past as a way of securing fuel to smuggle to parties who fund their self-declared “caliphate” in northern Iraq and Syria.</p>
  • EU and Ukraine suspend trade pact

    09/13/2014 1:56:50 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 09/12/2014 @ 20:03 | Andrew Rettman
    Ukraine and the EU are to delay the entry into life of a strategic free trade treaty for more than one year due to Russian concerns. The trade pact was originally to enter into force on 1 November, but following meetings between European Commission trade chief Karel De Gucht, Ukraine’s foreign minister, and Russia’s economy minister in Brussels on Friday (12 September) it will now be implemented on 31 December 2015. Defending the deal, De Gucht told press it means Russia will not impose trade restrictions on Ukraine in the next 15 months. …
  • Qatar expels Egypt Muslim Brotherhood leaders

    09/13/2014 11:36:48 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 13, 2014 8:13 AM EDT | Maggie Michael
    Leaders of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood group and allied clerics said on Saturday that they are departing Qatar, where they had sought refuge following the ouster of Egypt’s Islamist President Mohammed Morsi and the crackdown on his supporters. Their presence in Qatar had severely strained Doha’s relations with Egypt as well as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, all of which view the more than 85-year-old Islamist movement as a threat. The expulsion threatens to further isolate the group, which rose to power in Egypt through a string of post-Arab Spring elections but suffered a dramatic fall from grace during...
  • Susan Rice on ISIS: There’s a difference between a war and a counterterrorism operation, you know

    09/13/2014 9:05:29 AM PDT · by rktman · 53 replies
    hitair.com ^ | 9/12/2014 | Allahpundit
    Via Breitbart, another dim attempt by the White House to keep this new Iraq intervention in Americans’ rhetorical comfort zone. “Wars” are long, involve vast numbers of fighters on both sides, and absorb much blood and treasure; our “victories” in war lately tend to be unsatisfying and ephemeral too. “Counterterrorism,” though, is lightning fast, typically involves a small number of military assets, and is usually decisive. (It also conveniently doesn’t require a new AUMF.) The Bin Laden raid is the supreme example. By the White House’s own reckoning, rolling back ISIS will take three years at least, already involves a...
  • Israel will fight IS, if group reaches Jordan, Israeli official says

    09/13/2014 2:13:26 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 30 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 09/13/2014 | JPOST.COM STAFF
    US airstrikes already making headway, says Israeli official. Israel may play a frontline role in the international coalition forming against Islamic State – the jihadi group sweeping through Iraq and Syria in its bid to reinstate a Middle East caliphate. As world powers unite around a US-led plan for military action to topple the militant group, Jerusalem is signaling that if Islamic State decides to spread out to Jordan – Israel will not hesitate to act. "We will use any means necessary," a senior Israeli official told local television station Channel 2. "Let me make this clear: If Islamic State...
  • RUSSIA/ CHINA: CHINA "closed the sky" and does not evacuate Russian tourists [5,600 tourists]

    [Russian tourists kidnapped in China????] Chinese hoteliers fraudulently lure vacationers from the rooms, and then block their keys, hold baggage and documents, without giving visitors the opportunity to leave the hotel. Passengers with their luggage in the international airport of Beijing, Beijing, China. Archival photo © AP Photo/Andy Wong MOSCOW, Sept. 12 - RIA Novosti. Association of Tour Operators of Russia reported that China has not given "Turpomoschi" permission for export of Russian tourists. "Turpomosch" take out customers, "Southern Cross" from China on Friday-Saturday On Friday and Saturday, "Turpomosch" was going to take out all the customers of China tour...
  • Whatever You Do, Don’t Buy Your Aircraft Carrier From Russia

    09/13/2014 2:48:08 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 48 replies
    War is Boring ^ | 12 September 2014 | Kyle Mizokami
    India learned the hard way with INS ‘Vikramaditya’ Like a lot of countries, India wants the best weapons it can afford. But ideological and financial concerns mean there are a lot of things it won’t buy from the United States or Europe. That pretty much leaves, well, Russia. India has been a big buyer of Russian weapons for 50 years. Those haven’t been easy years for New Delhi. India’s defense contracts with Russia have consistently suffered delays and cost overruns. And the resulting hardware doesn’t always work. Of all India’s Russian procurement woes, none speak more to the dysfunctional relationship...
  • Russia wins delay in EU-Ukraine trade pact

    09/12/2014 8:51:01 PM PDT · by wetphoenix
    Reuters via Yahoo! ^ | Adrian Croft and Julia Fioretti
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union and Ukraine agreed on Friday to delay the implementation of their free-trade pact until the end of next year in a concession to Russia, which had complained its industry would be hurt by the deal. Russia and the West are bitterly at odds over Ukraine, and the European Union and United States both imposed new sanctions against Moscow on Friday over what they say is its military backing for separatist rebels in the east of the country. Russia, which denies involvement, said it would consider retaliating. But postponing the entry into force of the...
  • Iran, Russia Boost Nuclear Ties

    09/12/2014 12:18:26 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 16 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | September 12, 2014 | Adam Kredo
    The heads of Iran and Russia’s state-run nuclear agencies discussed the construction of new nuclear plants in Iran during a meeting held on Friday around the same time that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, also sat down for a chat about Tehran’s ongoing nuclear negotiations with the West, according to regional reports. Behrouz Kamalvanda, a top official at Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization (AEOI) met early Friday with Sergey Kirivenko, the director general of Russia’s state-run nuclear company, Rosatom, to discuss way the two nations can “boost nuclear cooperation,” according to Iran’s state run news agencies....
  • U.S. steps up sanctions on Russia over Ukraine

    09/12/2014 11:00:31 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 48 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sep 12, 2014 | Arshad Mohammed and Bill Trott
    The United States hit Russia's largest bank, a major arms maker and arctic, deepwater and shale exploration by its biggest oil companies with new sanctions on Friday to punish Moscow for intervening in Ukraine. The sanctions target companies including Sberbank, the country's largest bank by assets, and Rostec, a conglomerate that makes everything from Kalashnikovs to cars, by limiting their ability to access the U.S. debt markets. They will also bar U.S. companies from providing goods or services to help five Russian energy companies conduct deepwater, Arctic offshore and shale projects. The Russian companies affected are Gazprom, Gazprom Neft, Lukoil,...
  • Report: Azerbaijan buying Israeli coast-guard vessels

    09/12/2014 8:19:56 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Sep. 1, 2014
    Jane's confirms that Muslim nation purchased 12 boats, based on photographs on website of Azerbaijani president. Azerbaijan is reportedly acquiring 21 new coast-guard vessels from Israel, according to Eurasianet.org. While Azerbaijan made no formal announcement about such a purchase, Jane's, the defense and intelligence publication, confirmed Thursday that the Azerbaijan Coast Guard ordered six Shaldag Mk V patrol boats and six Saar 62 offshore patrol vessels. Jane's based its assertion on images obtained in mid-July showing details of work being done on the vessels at a new shipyard. Images of the vessels are available on the website of the president...
  • Russia says EU opts against Ukraine peace process by imposing sanctions

    09/11/2014 3:25:10 PM PDT · by McGruff · 5 replies
    REUTERS ^ | Sep 11, 2014
    Russia's Foreign Ministry said on Thursday that the European Union had shown itself to be against the peace process in Ukraine by imposing a new set of sanctions against Moscow. "By taking this step, the European Union has de facto made its choice against a peaceful resolution of the inter-Ukrainian crisis," it said in a statement.
  • Has Obama Given Up on Crimea? What One Top GOP Rep. Says the President Told Him

    09/11/2014 1:50:00 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 44 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | September 11, 2014 | Fred Lucas
    President BarackObama touted American leadership on several fronts during his primetime speech Wednesday, including with Russia. In a major reversal, Obama ordered the United States into a broad military campaign to “degrade and ultimately destroy” militants in two volatile Middle East nations, authorizing airstrikes inside Syria for the first time, as well as an expansion of strikes in Iraq. “It is America that has rallied the world against Russian aggression, and in support of the Ukrainian peoples’ right to determine their own destiny,” Obama said in a speech that was primarily about combatting the Islamic State. But several weeks ago,...
  • Ukraine Rebel Leader Vows to Stay in Moscow to Protect Putin

    09/11/2014 12:49:50 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 6 replies
    themoscowtimes.com ^ | September 11, 2014
    Igor Strelkov, the former commander of pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, said Thursday he was relocating to Moscow to protect President Vladimir Putin from enemies and traitors. "The West and the 'fifth column' are making no secret of their plans to overthrow Putin. Their path is that of dragging out the war [in Ukraine] as long as possible," Strelkov was cited by LifeNews as saying at a news conference. Strelkov, a 43-year-old Muscovite also known by the surname Girkin, said he had no plans to return to eastern Ukraine and would instead stay in Moscow — the new battle front,...
  • Newsweek Europe Exclusive: Russian Soldiers Reveal the Truth Behind Putin's Secret War

    09/11/2014 12:05:42 PM PDT · by free_life · 97 replies
    NewsWeek ^ | Sept 10/14 | Anna Nemtsova
    While Nato sat down for a summit to decide what to do about the war in Ukraine, and Vladimir Putin negotiated a ceasefire deal with Kiev, Russian society recoiled from reports about secret funerals of soldiers killed in Ukraine: missing sons, calls from husbands begging their wives to save them from ­battle, bodies with missing limbs arriving in coffins to Nizhny Novgorod, Orenburg, Pskov, Murmansk, Dagestan and other regions of Russia. The death toll for Russian soldiers jumped to more than 200 soldiers in a few days, between August 12th and September 2nd, in a war that was, officially, not...
  • Russia: Opposition Activists Sentenced to Prison; Gaskarov & Margolin-3.5 years, Guschin-2.5 years

    09/11/2014 10:48:31 AM PDT · by free_life · 8 replies
    http://therawrreport.net ^ | Submitted by Cherneyy Koshka on Tue, 08/19/2014 - 07:44
    Russia: Alexey Gaskarov “If, in this country, the way to freedom runs through prison, we are ready to go”. Moscow's Zamoskvoretsky District Court on Monday found four opposition activists guilty on all counts charged of "inciting mass riots" related to participation in Moscow's 6 May, 2012 Anti Putin Bolotnaya Square protests. Alexei Gaskarov and Alexander Margolin were sentenced to 3.5 years in prison each. Ilya Guschin was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison. Yelena Kokhtareva received a 39-month suspended sentence. Following the verdict being read, three activists unfurled a banner at the entrance of the courthouse that read: “Russia is...
  • Russia warns US against strikes on Islamic State in Syria

    09/11/2014 8:58:50 AM PDT · by traumer · 61 replies
    Russia has warned that US air strikes against militants in Syria would be a "gross violation" of international law. A Russian foreign ministry spokesman said any such action, without the backing of the UN, would be "an act of aggression". It comes as US Secretary of State John Kerry meets Arab leaders in Saudi Arabia to try to build a coalition against Islamic State (IS) militants. President Obama has threatened action against IS in Syria as well as Iraq. IS controls large parts of Syria and Iraq after a rapid military advance. In a speech outlining his strategy, Mr Obama...
  • Russia says US airstrikes without UN mandate would be act of aggression

    09/11/2014 5:56:27 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | September 11, 2014
    Russia's foreign ministry said on Thursday airstrikes against Islamist militants in Syria without a UN Security Council mandate would be an act of aggression, Interfax news agency reported. "The US president has spoken directly about the possibility of strikes by the US armed forces against ISIL positions in Syria without the consent of the legitimate government," ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said. "This step, in the absence of a UN Security Council decision, would be an act of aggression, a gross violation of international law."
  • Cheney: Israel, Arabs Allies Think Obama Supports Muslim Brotherhood

    09/10/2014 3:09:06 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 47 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | September 10,2014 | Breitbart TV
    Wednesday in a speech at the American Enterprise Institute, former Vice President Dick Cheney said our Israeli and Arabs allies in the Middle East no longer trust the United States and "deeply believe" the "Untied States has been supportive of the Muslim Brotherhood" because of the way "the United States has conducted itself over the last few years."
  • Obama shifts on Syrian rebels, but is it too late?

    09/10/2014 6:01:58 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 41 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 10 Sep 2014 | Warren Strobel
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Struggling Syrian rebels that President Barack Obama once derided as "former doctors, farmers, pharmacists and so forth" now form a key pillar of the U.S. leader's strategy to beat back the militant insurgency known as Islamic State. For over three years, Obama has kept the so-called moderate rebels at arm's length. While giving verbal and limited material support, he and his spokesmen often said publicly that adding more weaponry to the civil war would only make things worse. Now Obama is taking a different tack as he sets out his strategy to defeat the Syrian-based Islamic State,...
  • The Dying Russians (she says it's from broken hearts)

    09/10/2014 4:22:53 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 76 replies
    NYU Review of Books blog ^ | September 2, 2014 | Masha Gessen
    Sometime in 1993, after several trips to Russia, I noticed something bizarre and disturbing: people kept dying. I was used to losing friends to AIDS in the United States, but this was different. People in Russia were dying suddenly and violently, and their own friends and colleagues did not find these deaths shocking. Upon arriving in Moscow I called a friend with whom I had become close over the course of a year. “Vadim is no more,” said his father, who picked up the phone. “He drowned.” I showed up for a meeting with a newspaper reporter to have the...